The curriculum asks students to, among other things, track their sleep patterns, keep a gratitude journal, perform random acts of kindness, and take note of whether, over time, these behaviors correlate with a positive change in their general mood. Illustration: Andrea Chronopoulos/The New York Times

The Yale happiness class, formally known as Psyc 157: Psychology and the Good Life, is one of the most popular classes to be offered in the university(...)

Patrick Stanley (16) from Clara, Co Offaly, was killed by the bomb in Belturbet, Co Cavan,  in 1972.

December 28th was the Catholic feast day of The Holy Innocents, Joseph Stanley often recalled in the years that followed 1972, the day that everything(...)

World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty

The director-general of the World Health Organisation has said he is isolating after being identified as a contact of someone who tested positive for (...)

The US arm of the Oxford-AstraZeneca study was given the go-ahead to resume on Friday, having been halted since September 6th after a participant developed neurological symptoms. Photograph: Nelson Almeida/AFP

A vaccine considered a frontrunner in the race to protect the global population from Covid-19 has produced a robust immune response in elderly people,(...)

A man walks through Naas town centre in Co Kildare. An immunologist  has warned that Kildare, Laois and Offaly could face a longer partial lockdown if Covid-19 case numbers rise. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

There has been one new Covid-19 related death and 35 new cases reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. This is the lowest number of d(...)

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak arriving at the courthouse in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. Photograph: Vincent Thian/AP

Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak has been found guilty of all seven charges in his first trial linked to the multibillion-dollar 1MDB scan(...)

Dr Mary Canning, President of th Royal Irish Academy. Photograph: Johnny Bambury.

The setting up of an independent network of scientific advisers is needed to advise government “on the formidable scientific challenges facing Ireland(...)

Scientists around the world have analysed more than 2,500 publicly shared Covid-19 genomes and identified 100-150  mutations. Photograph:  Miguel Medina / AFP via Getty Images

Since the Covid-19 virus strain was first identified in early 2020, scientists have been able to track its progress around the world. The virus is v(...)

A computer image created by Nexu Science Communication together with Trinity College in Dublin, shows a model structurally representative of a betacoronavirus which is the type of virus linked to Covid-19. Photograph: Nexu Science Communication/Reuters.

This is a series of regular updates from Irish Times Environment & Science Editor Kevin O’Sullivan on scientific initiatives and developments on c(...)

The WHO was accused of   spreading ‘blatant misinformation’ about the potential risks and benefits of e-cigarettes following the release of an usual press release. Photograph: iStock

“E-cigarettes can damage the brains of teenagers and harm growing foetuses, the World Health Organisation has warned.” This was but one “scary” headl(...)

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